|Lady Cardinals rally late for MAC win over Jays|
|Friday, February 15, 2013 1:42 PM|
The Jays (8-12, 8-14, 1-8 MAC) led 36-34 to start the ultimate quarter but struck first on a 3-ball by junior Erica Saine (12 points on 4 treys) at 5:50. Later on, the Jays led 42-38 on a triple by senior Jessica Recker (7 markers, 6 assist) at the 3:25 mark. That is when the Blue and Gold offense fell silent for the next 3:10. In that time frame, they missed their next four shots and turned it over three times (20 total). In the same span, the Cardinals scored the next seven markers, taking the lead for good on a triple from the right side by senior Haley Moeller (11 counters) at 1:47. Senior Meagan Brandt hit a pair of throws at the 24.3-second mark for a 45-42 edge. Blue Jay senior Katie Vorst (18 counters, 7 rebounds) then drove for a deuce at the 15-second mark and the Jays called their final timeout. Cardinal senior Kyla Otting hit two more throws at 12:6 ticks and called their final timeout to discuss strategy. Junior Emilie Fischbach was fouled and hit the first of the 1-and-1 at 7.5 ticks and missed the second, with the Jays getting the ball again after it was knocked out of bounds. However, on the inbounds pass, the Jays could not get a shot off and turned it over with a foul with .4 of a second left. Senior Hannah Holdren (9 markers, 8 caroms, 3 steals) hit the ninth and 10th singles of the period for the Cardinals (15-of-18 for the game for 83.3%) to seal the deal.
“We put ourselves in position to win the game but couldn’t finish. We have struggled with our confidence all season and that returned in the wrong situation,” St. John’s mentor Dan J. Grothouse said. “We got in too much of a hurry down the stretch and at certain times during the second half, getting rid of the ball before we should. Either that or we’d hesitate to make the necessary pass. It’s something we need to work on and try to solve.”
It was the foul shooting that was the key for New Bremen coach Chris Burden.
“We work on that every day, trying to put our players in pressure situations. It’s hard to do that all the time and really match what they face in a game,” he explained. “Our seniors refused to lose tonight; they wanted to go out on their home floor with a win. They kept us composed and poised; they just kept us hanging around and fighting to the end. They hurt us on the offensive glass the first half but we adjusted and did better, especially on Vorst. We simply made her work harder.”
The Jays and Cardinals went at it on even terms in the second period, though the Jays led the entire way. Their smallest lead was four twice — the last at 19-15 on a 3-ball by Brandt (10 counters) at 5:35. Their biggest lead was eight three times — the last at 27-19 on two Vorst (6 points in the period) freebies at 2:01. When junior Karli Jones hit a third-chance basket at 1:01, New Bremen had closed within 27-21 for the halftime scoreboard.
The Jays seemed on the verge of taking some control in the third, building up a 34-25 advantage on a Vorst charity toss with five minutes left. Back came the Cardinals behind six from Otting, including her runner from the free-throw line just before the horn, to get the hosts within 36-34.
“We played solid defense the first half; not as good the second,” Grothouse added. “We gave up way too much dribble penetration. We also didn’t rebound like we had. Again, we played a much better offensive game tonight than Tuesday night but we didn’t finish. Credit New Bremen for hitting all those free throws late to seal the deal.”
Both teams shot 41 times, with the Jays hitting 15 (6-of-18 long range) for 36.6 percent and the Cardinals (11-11, 3-6 MAC) knocking down 16 (2-of-10 beyond the arc) for 39 percent. The Jays won the battle off the backboards 32-26 (12-10 offensive) as freshman Sydney Fischbach added seven and Emilie Fischbach six for the Jays. New Bremen had 13 errors. The Jays had 18 fouls to 16 for the hosts.